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Penny for Pinellas gets free plug at post-Irma Clearwater presser

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File it under the maxim first uttered by Rahm Emanuel in 2009: “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.”

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At Senate Commerce hearing in St. Pete, Bill Nelson vows to keep oil drilling moratorium

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While the U.S. Senate is officially in recess, Bill Nelson brought a bit of Washington D.C. to St. Petersburg. On the USFSP campus Thursday, the Florida Democrat hosted a meeting of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, which focused on the threats to the state’s tourism-driven economy.

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More endorsements come rolling in for Darden Rice’s re-election

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St. Petersburg City Council Chair Darden Rice is announcing an extended list of new endorsements Thursday for her District 4 re-election bid. As a popular first-term Council member and longtime civic activist, Rice enjoys a wellspring of support from elected officials, colleagues and well-wishers on both the local and state levels. The growing list of endorsements includes several prominent local elected officials: State Sen. Darryl Rouson, State Reps. Ben Diamond and Wengay Newton, as well as St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman,…

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Charlie Crist cheers Army Corps’ $30M for Pinellas beach restoration

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Pinellas Democratic Representative Charlie Crist proudly announced Thursday that the Army Corps of Engineers will fully fund the Pinellas County Shore Protection Project, to restore and protect Pinellas County’s beaches. The announcement comes after Crist worked with Pinellas County Commission Chair Janet Long for the past few months to secure the Corps’ approval. “Pinellas County is a peninsula on a peninsula, surrounded almost entirely by coastline. With rising sea levels, increasing storm surges, and erosion caused by hurricanes like Hermine, the importance of…

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Citing ‘assault on home rule,’ Kathleen Peters to run for Pinellas County Commission

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Citing Tallahassee’s battle against home rule, Treasure Island Republican Kathleen Peters has decided against a fourth term in the Florida House, opting instead to seek the District 6 seat on the Pinellas County Commission. In March, District 6 Commissioner John Morroni announced he will retire after his term expires in 2018. “After the legislature launched an all-out assault on local government and home rule this year,” Peters said in a statement. “I found myself reflecting on my community priorities and where…

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Janet Long doubtful about supporting $14 million CRA request for St. Pete Pier

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The St. Petersburg City Council is poised to vote for a final time this week on approving another $14 million for the city’s plan for a new Pier. If approved, the Council will then approach Pinellas County about re-allocating $14 million in tax increment financing, or TIF funds, to the $66 million Pier project, boosting the price tag overall to $80 million. Commission Chair Janet Long says she’s not likely to support the request. “The City Council themselves are not united, number…

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Jack Latvala files bill to create regional transit authority for Tampa Bay

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Clearwater Republican Jack Latvala has filed legislation (SB 1672) that would create the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority  consisting of Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, and Pinellas Counties, The board would consist of 13 members, three of whom would be selected by the Governor. The Senate President and Speaker of the House would get two selections. The four counties would select one representative; there would be one representative from the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) and the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA). They would…

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